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Brain Teaser: On Target

Jenn Ford

We all know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And while healthy eating and regular physical activity are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, you could also benefit from exercising your brain. The Global Council on Brain Health recommends incorporating cognitively stimulating activities that you enjoy to help maintain your brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline as you get older.”

Along with your regular crossword and Sudoku puzzles, consider adding in some brain games. Extra Mile has you covered with a wide variety of brain teasers. We’ve got word games and number puzzles. Or maybe you prefer interactive memory games and trivia. Try solving the puzzle below and then browse our brain teaser page for more.

In the On Target brain teaser, your goal is to add two letters that, when placed in the center of the circle, create three different words across the white columns.  Each word will have six letters total. Once you’ve figured out which letters fit, click the dots below the puzzle to advance to the next slide and see the solution.

Brain Teaser On Target PuzzleOn Target Brain Teaser Answer

How’d you do? Let us know in the comments below.

37 Responses to "Brain Teaser: On Target"
    • Jose MONDRAGON | February 26, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      It took me a few minutes to do because I misunderstood and thought both letters would be among the ones in the picture and there was only one in each. No N in #1 and no L in #2.

      • Liz | March 26, 2021 at 11:39 am

        Got both correct.

      • Mitzie | March 26, 2021 at 12:11 pm

        Easy and fun!

      • Judy | March 27, 2021 at 4:21 pm

        Good puzzle

      • Yvonne | March 30, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        Got both correct. I daily work crossword games and puzzles.

      • carl | April 3, 2021 at 4:18 pm

        This was not too difficult. I also suggest the daily “New York Times” “spelling bee” at They even have their own Facebook page. It’s a lot of fun (addictive, too).

      • Cassandra Kay Roberson | April 8, 2021 at 8:00 am

        Easy peezy!

    • Sharon McClary | February 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm

      circle 1 – in
      dainty, fringe, clinic

      circle 2 – Lv
      pelvis, silver, velvet

    • ettore anthony ciccotelli | February 27, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      cl er ic pe rm is si nn er

    • Maryann R. | February 27, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      It took me a while before I figured that we had to add two other, (new and different) letters. As I read the directions, this was not stipulated, nor clear. Please, if you publish remarks and comments, please do not us entire name of person commenting. First name and last initial would be a lot safer and considerate. And this makes us, “elderly folks”, feel more secure. And, that’s the whole purpose of your company.

      Thank you.

      • Extra Mile Staff | February 27, 2021 at 8:38 pm

        Maryann – Thanks for reading. I removed your last name. I believe you are able to choose the name you display when commenting.

    • Liz T | February 27, 2021 at 10:18 pm

      It took a little less than 1 minute. I really love word puzzles. Good one!

    • Marie Dillon | March 25, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      Once I read the instructions twice, it was fairly easy.

    • Cam | March 25, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      It was easy for me as I play Scrabble all the time online.

    • judi | March 25, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      took me a few minutes but i got there!

    • TM | March 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Did not take me long to discover to two letters in each of the circles.
      1. ‘in’ in the first circle for the following words:

      2. ‘lv’ in the second circle for the following words:

      • Klydenitta Davis | March 28, 2021 at 8:56 am

        I didn’t understand the instructions until I read others responses then I got it I was trying to use two letters that were already there to make a word I understand it now Thanks

      • Extra Mile Staff | March 29, 2021 at 1:25 pm

        Klydenitta – Thanks for the feedback. We’ve made some slight updates to the insructions.

    • Katherine Ruffin | March 26, 2021 at 10:30 am

      Great game it did not take too long. I got (in) first one and I did (gn) second.

    • Cathy | March 26, 2021 at 10:44 am

      It was easy. I saw the answers immediately.

    • Celene | March 26, 2021 at 11:39 am

      Easy peasy

    • Liz | March 26, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Got both correct.

    • Barbara Eaves | March 26, 2021 at 11:46 am

      didn’t understand instructions at first. would like more games

    • Jeordano Martinez | March 26, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      too easy!

    • Dianne Marie Weiss | March 26, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      Easy Peasy

    • Michelle | March 26, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      😁 It took me a few minutes, but I got them both. It was fun. Thanks for sharing

    • Louise | March 27, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Lots of fun Thanks

    • Candy P | March 27, 2021 at 11:33 am

      I’m with Maryann. The instructions weren’t clear. And how the heck could we “add two letters” to two letters in the rays and make six letter words. I’ve written too many rubrics to agree these directions are well wrtten.

    • Patsy Carlson | March 27, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      The instructions were very confusing. I thought you had to use letters within the puzzle. It wasn’t until I read the comments that I realized you used other letters. If you are writing these for older people please make the instructions clearer.

    • Runda Johnson | March 27, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      It took me a while to realize all the letter were not there in the puzzle. Once I added the “n” it was easy to see.

    • Lorraine Gayden | March 27, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      I did very well. It only took me about 2 minutes. I do Wordscapes every day so that helped.

    • Linda T | March 28, 2021 at 1:19 am

      I can’t get it to work.. Any suggestions?

    • rb | March 28, 2021 at 10:58 am

      cannot figure it out

    • rosemary a young | March 28, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      I hope you make this a regular feature.

    • Patricia Peacock | March 30, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Quite easy

    • Janet Gibson | April 4, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Took me awhile on 1st one, 2nd was easier- loved the challenge

    • Diane Vallee | April 12, 2021 at 9:48 pm

      in and lv were my answers

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